Tourism Day in Taiwan

Tourism Day is a holiday that’s observed on the 15th day of the first Lunar Month in Taiwan. It’s a day on which people come from all over the world to see the Taipei Lantern Festival. This is a festival that’s been observed for centuries, but it wasn’t well known outside of Taiwan.

This is when the Tourism Board of Taiwan decided to place all of the light displays in one place and promote it aggressively to travelers all over the world. Now, it’s one of the most popular events in the entire country, and every year a new neighborhood is chosen to hold the festival.

The History of Tourism Day In Taiwan

The lantern festival associated with this holiday goes all the way back to the Qing Dynasty, but interest in it began to wane during the 1970s. This is when Taiwan’s Tourism Board decided to create Tourism Day so they could grab international attention to this festival.

Facts About Taiwan

Below are some fascinating facts we’ve discovered about Taiwan.

  • Only about 2.3% of the population is native to Taiwan. 97.7% are Chinese.
  • Taiwan has 23-million people living there and is the size of Belgium.
  • Taiwan was the first Asian country to make gay marriage legal in 2019.

Observing Tourism Day in Taiwan

Tourism Day is observed in a different neighborhood each year—depending on when Chinese New Year ends. There are usually shuttles to the lantern festival, as well as to other points throughout Taiwan. Although this holiday is observed on one day, it’s usually celebrated over the course of several weeks.

Where is it celebrated?
Taiwan (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
February 5 Sunday
Next year (2024)
February 24 Saturday
Last year (2022)
February 15 Tuesday